House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was caught on camera elbowing the daughter of newly elected Congresswoman Mayra Flores (R-TX) during her recent swearing-in ceremony.
The video shows the California Democrat flailing her arms around as she spoke before eventually becoming frustrated by how close Flores’ daughter was standing to her and deciding to lower her elbow and shove the young girl away from her.
As soon as Pelosi dropped her arm back to her side, Flores’ daughter stepped back into the shot she had been prior to being pushed aside.
Critics online called out the disturbing display by Pelosi.
“Clearly, Nancy Pelosi is a horrible person … but what really made me smile about this is the young lady is being raised right. She moved right back over and blew off the nasty elbow,” radio host Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo tweeted.
“Has the Left excused Nancy Pelosi’s elbow to Mayra Flores’ daughter yet, or are they ignoring it; same as they’ve done with everything since Biden was elected? Couldn’t have been my daughter. I would have broken all kinds of decorum. ‘ELBOW MY KID AGAIN AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!’” Zeek Arkham added.
The New York Post’s Miranda Devine responded, “Wow. Shows you who Pelosi really is. ‘For the children.‘”
“Pelosi giving a shove to @MayraFlores2022 child during her swearing in. That tells you all you need to know about Pelosi,” @LionHearted76 tweeted.
Actor James Woods tweeted, “I love this princess stood her ground, while Nancy showed her true colors.”
Flores responded to the incident, saying, “I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her. She continued to smile and pose for the picture like a Queen. No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!!”
Flores’ newly-acquired seat, which has traditionally been considered a safe district for Democrats, was vacated when former Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) resigned last March to take a job with Akin Gump — a lobbying and law firm.
When Flores won her special election, she became the first Mexican-born American woman to serve in Congress — and because she was only elected to fill the last few months of Vela’s current term, she will have to remain in campaign mode in order to defend her seat in November’s midterms.
Flores’ victory put fear in the minds of Democrats as they realized fully just how grim things are looking for them heading into midterms.
Comedian Bill Maher cited her race on Friday as proof that Democrats were losing ground with demographics where they had previously done well.
“The campaign manager for the losing Democrat said, ‘We gave up a reliably Democratic Congressional seat for no reason at all. We deserve to know why.’ Well, aside from your terrible attitude, I’m going to tell you why,” Maher explained.
“Because these voters stopped seeing your candidate as their lawyer. That’s why. Their message to you was, ‘I’m an American now. I’m here. Be my lawyer, not the lawyer for the migrants showing up in my backyard.’”